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2018 ASBrS Meeting


  • 19th Annual Meeting On Course for Record Attendance
    More than 1600 surgeons have pre-registered for the Society's upcoming annual meeting in Orlando, putting it on course to become the most well-attended meeting to date. While pre-registration has closed, registration for the general session, as well as select courses and workshops, will be available onsite beginning at 6 am on Wednesday, May 2, Grande Registration Desk, JW Marriott, Lobby Level
  • 2018 Humanism Award Winner Announced

    Dr. Aye Moe Thu Ma has been selected as the winner of the 2018 ASBrS/APGF Humanism in Medicine Award. The award will be presented at the 19th Annual Meeting during the President's Reception on Saturday, May 5th. Congratulations Dr. Ma!

    To read more about Dr. Ma and her foundation, International Breast and Medical Mission, click here.

  • ACS/ASBrS Health Policy Scholarship Winner Announced
    Dr. Sharon S. Lum, of Loma Linda, CA is the winner of this year's Health Policy and Management Scholarship. The annual scholarship is provided by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons to support the recipient's attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course will be held June 3-9, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Lum!

  • American Board of Surgery Announces Change to New Continuous Certification Program Enrollment
    Last week, the American Board of Surgery released details of its new continuous certification program. Based on feedback from the Society, other organizations and diplomates, the Board has announced that all current ABS certificates will now remain valid until their expiration date. Diplomates will not need to begin taking the general surgery assessment until their certificate is due to expire. - For more details, click here.
  • 2018 ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship Recipient Announced

    Congratulations to our 2018 ACS/ASBrS International Scholarship Award recipient, Guldeniz Karadeniz Cakmak, MD of Turkey. She will attend The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) 19th Annual Meeting, May 2-6, 2018 in Orlando, FL and visit the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) headquarters in Chicago, IL, to learn about the standards for a breast cancer program/database and the importance of multidisciplinary breast cancer care.

  • 2018 Update to the Physicians as Assistants at Surgery Report Released

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in collaboration with 15 other national specialty surgical organizations, has recently published the eighth edition of Physicians as Assistants at Surgery Report, a study first undertaken in 1994. The 2018 report reflects the most recent clinical practices and provides guidance on how often an operation might require a physician to assist at surgery.

  • Cigna Updates Genetic Testing Policy
    After extensive and positive discussions between CIGNA and the leadership of ASBrS, we are pleased to let you know that the previous CIGNA policy requiring consultation with an independent genetic counselor prior to the ordering of genetic testing has been changed.  The new policy, which became effective January 15th 2018, states that breast surgeons are no longer required to obtain pretest genetic counseling when ordering cancer susceptibility genetic testing for certain clinical scenarios. The waiver of the pre-test genetic counseling requirement is only applicable when the results of testing are pressing and will influence the surgical decision making for an individual recently diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. Please note that the requirements for precertification of this testing otherwise remain the same. - For more details, click here.
  • Society Releases Choosing Wisely® List of Five Things Clinicians & Patients Should Question-Benign Breast Disease

    The American Society of Breast Surgeons recently released its second list of specific tests or procedures that clinicians and patients should question as part of Choosing Wisely®®, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation. The list identifies five targeted, evidence-based recommendations related to the care of benign breast disease that can support conversations between patients and clinicians about what care is truly necessary. For more information and to review the recommendations click here.

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